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T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet

Kurt Browning Sonia Rodriguez (author), Wilson Ong (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307958

Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study. Following the alphabet, in T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet dancer Sonia Rodriguez, with husband Kurt Browning, introduces this dance form from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to basic positions and training to famous stage roles. L is for the Leotard that shows the dancer's form. Whenever they are rehearsing it becomes their uniform. Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being onstage as a sugarplum fairy or a king with a crown.

F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet

Helen L. Wilbur (author), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307798

Quilting has existed for thousands of years, spanning the globe, practiced by women as well as men, and bringing together communities and generations. F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet examines the subject of quilting, as an art form as well as an item of utility, tracing its early history from a cave in Mongolia to patchwork bedcoverings transported in overland wagon trains to present-day exhibits at renowned museums. Topics include patterns, inventions, and fabric choices, as well as quilts as vehicles of American history.

V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet

William Anderson (author), Linda Graves (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307491

From "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" to "Doe, a deer, a female deer," many people have grown up humming the tunes or singing the lyrics to the songs from the beloved movie The Sound of Music. But what is the real story behind the brave von Trapp family? V is for von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet gives a behind-the-headlines look at this real-life singing family made famous in the classic movie. Starting with their idyllic early life in Austria where their love of music and performing began, author William Anderson takes readers along on the family's courageous mountaintop escape from Nazi authorities to their new life in America and the famous von Trapp family lodge in the Vermont hills. Meet determined Maria, the dashing Captain, and their talented children; the famous von Trapps whose life story captivated thousands and continues to inspire with its legacy of hope and achievement. Author, historian, and lecturer William Anderson did extensive research and interviews with the von Trapp family. His previous book with Sleeping Bear is M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet. William lives in Lapeer, Michigan. Linda Graves is the illustrator of over 30 children's books, published worldwide. She was born in Eureka, California, and graduated with a degree in illustration from San Jose State University. Linda is a member of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and lives in the woods of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Working at a Movie Theater

Susan Hindman (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781610800143

From the ticket takers to the people who make sure the movies start on time, it takes a wide range of workers to make sure moviegoers get the best experience possible. Readers will learn what it is like to be a member of the movie theater team.

Scribbles and Ink the Contest

Ethan Long (author), Ethan Long (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053512

Scribbles the cat and Ink the mouse are buddies and fellow artists. Ink is excited for them to enter a "Draw a Dinosaur" contest. The prize is two tickets to a mud-themed amusement park. Ink is secretly scared of drawing a dinosaur. He urges Scribbles to have a go at it--but thinks the resulting effort looks like a prehistoric chicken. Next, Ink draws...an egg--and insists there's a dinosaur inside it. He's right! As the egg-drawing hatches, a baby dino crawls out, and starts wailing for his mommy. Suddenly, the Chick-a-saurus comes in and scoops the baby into her feathery arms. Realizing that they won't win the contest, Ink creates a "Best Buddy" trophy for Scribbles and Ink and dino-duo throw a mud party for Ink!

Posey Paints Princess

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053697

Picture perfect and perfectly pink! Posey and her friend Nina want to paint. Mom sets them up and tells them how to blend primary colors to make "every color in the rainbow"--and more! Nina shows an upset Posey how a painting mistake can turn into something pretty. Each girl paints something on their side of a big piece of white paper. Nina paints a pickle, Posey paints a princess. What do they name their painting? Princess Pickle!

Violins

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543525

A very simple introduction to violins, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Trumpets

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543518

A very simple introduction to trumpets, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Recorders

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543501

A very simple introduction to recorders, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Purple Paint Everywhere!

Joanne Meier (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539396

Herbie Bear loves to paint, but learns that some things are better off left as they are.

Pianos

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543495

A very simple introduction to pianos, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Guitars

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543488

A very simple introduction to various types of guitars, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Drums

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543471

A very simple introduction to various types of drums, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Charles Schulz

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543624

A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed cartoonist Charles Schulz.

5 Steps to Drawing Sea Creatures

Amanda StJohn (author), Laura Ferraro Close (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737313

After explaining interesting facts about sea creatures in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw clown fish, great white sharks, giant squids, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Zoo Animals

Susan Kesselring (author), Susan DeSantis (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737276

After explaining interesting facts about zoo animas in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw giraffes, elephants, penguins, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Dogs and Cats

Amanda StJohn (author), Dana Regan (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737238

After explaining interesting facts about dogs and cats in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw Saint Bernards, calico kittens, short-haired tabby cats, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Farm Animals

Pamela Hall (author), Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737269

After explaining interesting facts about farm animals in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw cows, chickens, ducks, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Faces

Susan Kesselring (author), Dana Regan (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737245

After explaining interesting facts about faces in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw each face part, as well as happy, sad, and silly faces. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Machines at Work

Susan Kesselring (author), Susan DeSantis (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737283

After explaining interesting facts about machines at work in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw tractors, cranes, bulldozers, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Magical Creatures

Amanda StJohn (author), Laura Ferraro Close (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737252

After explaining interesting facts about magical creatures in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw fairies, gnomes, unicorns, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Monsters

Amanda StJohn (author), Patrick Girouard (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737290

After explaining interesting facts about monsters in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw vampires, ogres, werewolves, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing People

Pamela Hall (author), Eulala Conner (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737306

After explaining interesting facts about people in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw a baby, a baseball player, a pilot, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Dinosaurs

Pamela Hall (author), Patrick Girouard (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737221

After explaining interesting facts about dinosaurs in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus, a velociraptor, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.

5 Steps to Drawing Aircraft

Pamela Hall (author), Jane Yamada (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737207

After explaining interesting facts about aircraft in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw helicopters, fighter planes, hot air balloons, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.